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Kansas Jayhawks football vs. Boston College: Kickoff time, TV, 5 things to know

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KU coach Les Miles spoke to the media, saying everybody involved with KU football was in 'pain' after a 12-7 loss to Coastal Carolina.
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KU coach Les Miles spoke to the media, saying everybody involved with KU football was in 'pain' after a 12-7 loss to Coastal Carolina.

Through two weeks, the Kansas football team finds itself in a familiar spot: It’s the worst Power Five football program in the country.

That’s at least according to the advanced SP+ measure from ESPN’s Bill Connelly, which rated KU as 114th out of 130 FBS teams. Perhaps more disturbingly, the Jayhawks’ offense is ranked 127th, while the defense is a respectable 48th.

Connelly describes the SP+ rankings as “a tempo- and opponent-adjusted measure of college football efficiency ... intended to be predictive and forward-facing.” His numbers routinely have done favorably against the Vegas spread and are considered one of the top publicly available measures.

Jeff Sagarin’s numbers are a little higher on KU ... but only barely. The Jayhawks are 111th, with one Power Five team (Vanderbilt, 146th) behind them.

Here’s a look at this week’s game against Boston College.

The details

Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. Central time Friday

Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

TV: ACC Network

Radio: WHB (810 AM) in Kansas City, KFH (1240 AM) in Wichita

The line: Boston College by 21 1/2.

Five things to know

  1. Staying perfect? Boston College enters with a 2-0 record after defeating Richmond 45-13 last week. The Eagles also already have a Power Five win this season, defeating Virginia Tech 35-28 at home in Week 1.

  2. Grounding it out: Friday’s matchup will be between two of the nation’s run-heaviest teams in the nation. Boston College has rushed on 70% of its plays through two games, while KU isn’t far behind at 60%.

  3. NFL bloodlines: Boston College left tackle Tyler Vrabel is the son of former Chiefs linebacker Mike Vrabel — the current head coach for the Tennessee Titans. Tyler has been productive so far, allowing no sacks, no QB hits and only one hurry on the Eagles’ 48 pass attempts.
  4. Turnover tail-off After ranking second in the nation in turnover margin (plus-16) last season, KU’s minus-3 total in 2019 is back to a tie for 114th nationally. In addition, KU has nearly half as many giveaways this season (five) as it did all of last year (11).
  5. Knowing the foe: Miles is familiar with Boston College coach Steve Addazio, as Addazio recruited Les’ son and current KU fullback, Ben Miles, to Boston College. “Really good coach,” Miles said of Addazio. “Really good person.”

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Jesse Newell — he’s won an EPPY for best sports blog and previously has been named top beat writer in his circulation by AP’s Sports Editors — has covered KU sports since 2008. His interest in sports analytics comes from his math teacher father, who handed out rulers to Trick-or-Treaters each year.
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